Student Pianist

This degree is designed for students committed to the achievement of excellence in the field of performance. Students pursue this program in one of the following performance areas: percussion, piano, string instruments, voice or wind instruments. This degree program also includes extensive study in music literature, pedagogical techniques, and theory. Students are assigned a staff accompanist at no extra fee.

Note: For students who have a strong interest in composition but are majoring in another area, the School of Music offers the Concentration in Composition. Completion of the Concentration will be noted on the student’s transcript. Course requirements (6 credits minimum): Composition (1.5 credits minimum): Introduction to Music Composition 111 (.5 credit) and Free Composition 307 (.5 credit per semester, can be repeated for credit). Fundamentals of Conducting 227 (.5 credit). Orchestration 309 (1 credit). Tonal Counterpoint 301 or Advanced Analysis 302 (1 credit). Electroacoustic Music 313 (1 credit). History of Musical Style VI: Post-World-War II to the Present 358 (1 credit).

A minimum of 35 course units of credit are required for completion of the Bachelor of Music degree. The basic requirements are further specified as follows:

Piano Performance
Vocal Performance
Instrumental Performance
Composition
Classical Guitar Performance
Contemporary Musicianship

String Performance and Pedagogy

Additional B.M. Requirements

Major in Piano Performance

35 Units

General Education (9 Units)

School of Music (26 Units)

Course Course Units

Applied Major - Piano

7

Applied Minor

5

Theory

4

Survey of Music History

1

Keyboard Harmony

1

Fundamentals of Conducting

.5

Piano Pedagogy

2

Keyboard Literature

2

Upper Division Theory

choose from:

1

Upper Division Music History

choose from:

2
Ensembles (8 semesters)
Accompanying, (MUS 31), or appropriate ensembles (at least 1 unit (4 semesters) must be Accompanying)
2
Music Electives 3
MUS 15X: Experiencing the Live Performance of Concert Repertoire (7 semesters) NC

 

Student VocalistMajor in Voice:

35 Units

General Education (9 Units)

Requirements

School of Music (26 Units)

Course Course Units

Applied Major - Voice

7

Applied Minor

1

Vocal Diction and Literature

from

1.5

Theory

4

Survey of Music History

1

Keyboard Basics (or proficiency)

NC

Functional Piano

1

Fundamentals of Conducting

.5

Upper Division Theory

choose from:

1

Upper Division Music History

choose from:

2
Opera Theatre .5
Ensembles (8 semesters) 2
Music Electives 4.5
MUS 15X: Experiencing the Live Performance of Concert Repertoire  (7 semesters) NC

 

CellistsMajor in Orchestral Instruments

35.5 Units

General Education (9 Units)

Requirements

School of Music (26.5 Units)

Course Course Units

Applied Major

7

Applied Minor

1

Theory

4

Survey of Music History

1

Keyboard Basics (or proficiency)

NC

Functional Piano

1

Conducting

1

Upper Division Theory

choose from:

1

Upper Division Music History

choose from:

2
MUS 309 Orchestration 1
MUS 31/31X Chamber Music (2 semesters) .5
Ensembles (8 semesters) 2
Music Electives 5
MUS 15X: Experiencing the Live Performance of Concert Repertoire  (7 semesters) NC

 

School of Music Computer LabMajor in Composition

This degree places strong emphasis on private composition study as well as on other areas of critical importance to composers: applied instrumental and vocal instruction, music history, theory, conducting, and music technology/computer music. This program is aimed at developing young composers' aesthetic sensitivities, practical skills and inner ears in ways that will make it possible for them to create music of significance and meaning.

35 Units

General Education (9 Units)

Requirements

School of Music (26 Units)

Course Course Units
Applied Concentration 3.5

Theory

4

Survey of Music History

1

Keyboard Basics (or proficiency)

NC

Functional Piano

1

Composition

6

Upper Division Music History

Plus one from:

2
MUS 301 Tonal Counterpoint 1
MUS 302 Advanced Analysis 1
MUS 309 Orchestration 1
MUS 313 Electroacoustic Music 1

Conducting/Improvisation

1
Ensembles (8 semesters) 2
Music Electives 1.5
MUS 15X: Experiencing the Live Performance of Concert Repertoire  (7 semesters) NC

 

Major in Classical Guitar Performance

The School of Music announces its new degree program in Classical Guitar Performance. This program, which will begin in the fall of 2013, is designed for students committed to the achievement of excellence in the field of performance, and also includes extensive studies in music literature, pedagogical techniques, and theory. Also, those students whose principal instrument is guitar and who wish to pursue the degree in composition can now audition on guitar. Instruction on classical guitar will also be available as a secondary instrument to students who are pursuing other degree programs; this would be particularly appealing to music education students.

View biographical information for Mark Anderson, Instructor of Classical Guitar.

35.5 Units

General Education (9 Units)

Requirements

School of Music (26.5 Units)

Course Course Units

Applied Major: Classical Guitar

7 units

Applied Minor

1

Theory

4

Survey of Music History

1

Keyboard Basics (or proficiency)

NC

Functional Piano

1

Fundamentals of Conducting

.5

Fretboard Harmony

  • MUS 210
.5
MUS 323 Guitar Pedagogy 1

Guitar History and Literature

  • MUS 341
  • MUS 342
2

Upper Division Theory

choose from:

1

Upper Division Music History

choose from:

2
Large Ensemble (2 semesters) .5
Small Ensemble (8 semesters) 2

 

Major in Contemporary Musicianship

This is a very exciting time to be a young musician. New career paths are expanding the range of musical activity available to trained professionals. There is a thriving scene of young musicians performing and creating a wide spectrum of music, in club-like as well as concert-hall settings. The new breed of professional musician is comfortable with performing classical alongside jazz and popular music, improvising, composing original material, self-producing recordings, incorporating technology into their performances, and managing their careers.

In response to these developments, the IWU School of Music has created a groundbreaking new degree program: the Bachelor of Music in Contemporary Musicianship. This degree is designed to prepare young performing musicians to be successful in this new artistic and professional environment. In addition to a core curriculum of performance, music theory and music history, students in the program will take courses in composition, jazz, world music, music technology, improvisation, music entrepreneurship, and recording technology, and will perform self-curated junior and senior recitals emphasizing creative choices of repertoire and/or concert presentation

36 Units

General Education (9 Units) 

Requirements

School of Music (27 Units)

Course Course Units

Applied Major

6

Music Theory

4

Survey of Music History

1

Functional Piano (or Keyboard Harmony)

1

World Music and Jazz

2

Music History and Literature

          And one from below:

2

Musicianship Skills

5.5

Music Entrepreneurship

  • MUS 315 The Entrepreneurial Musician
1

Ensembles

  • One unit large ensembles, one unit chamber music, the latter emphasizing contemporary music (2 units)

          OR

  • For pianists: 2 units in accompanying 031, major ensemble, and chamber music, of which at least .5 unit must be in each of these three areas
2
Music Electives 2.5
MUS 14X: Colloquia in Music (1 semester) NC
MUS 15X: Experiencing the Live Performance of Concert Repertoire (6 semesters) NC

 

Major in String Performance and Pedagogy

35.5 Units

General Education (9 Units)

Requirements

School of Music (26.5 Units)

Course Course Units

Music Theory

7

Applied Music Study

  • MUS 181 Freshman Applied Major
  • MUS 183 Freshman Applied Major
  • MUS 291 Sophomore Applied Major
  • MUS 293 Sophomore Applied Major
  • MUS 391 Junior Applied Major
  • MUS 393 Junior Applied Major
  • MUS 491 Senior Applied Major
  • MUS 493 Senior Applied Major
7

Music Theory

4

Survey of Music History

1

Functional Piano

  • MUS 205 Functional Piano I
  • MUS 206 Functional Piano II
1

Pedagogy Coursework

  • MUS 219 Introduction to Private Teaching
    MUS 316 Sting Pedagogy I
  • MUS 317 String Pedagogy II
  • MUS 318 String Pedagogy III
  • MUS 319 String Pedagogy IV
  • MUS 320 String Pedagogy Lab
  • MUS 343 String Literature

          choose from:

5.5

Piano Pedagogy

2

Keyboard Literature

2

Applied Minor Study

.5

Upper Division Theory

choose from:

1

Upper Division Music History

choose 2 from:

2

Conducting

.5
Ensemble 2.5
Music Electives 1.5
MUS 14X: Colloquia in Music  (1 semester) NC
MUS 15X: Experiencing the Live Performance of Concert Repertoire (6 semesters) NC

Other specific requirements:

All students pursuing the Bachelor of Music degree in Contemporary Musicianship must present both junior and senior recitals, each taking the form of a solo and/or ensemble concert performed and curated by the student and incorporating innovative programming and/or presentation (ensemble concerts can function as required recitals for multiple participation with approval of the faculty).